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Flashlight throwing former VT chief has bigger problems. Joseph Hayes & wife accused of embezzlement involving Bennington Rural FD raffle.

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Last July we told you an interesting story about Bennington Rural Fire Department Chief Joseph Hayes, who was criminally charged after throwing a flashlight at a motorist who didn’t slow down at an emergency scene. In January, Hayes entered a guilty plea on a disorderly conduct charge saying he wanted to get this all behind him. On probation in that case, Hayes, who lost reelection last month but is still a department official, now has something new that he will want to get behind him. Joseph Hayes is accused of embezzlement and false pretenses surrounding a fire department raffle. In addition, Hayes’ wife Angela has been charged with accessory on the false pretenses charge.

Neil P. Goswami of thee Bennington Banner reports the embezzlement charge is a familiar one for the former chief:

“This all stems from a raffle at the Bennington Rural Fire Department while he was the chief where, allegedly, people who won prizes as a result of the raffle never received them. There is an allegation that money that people paid for raffle tickets was never turned over to the department,” (Bennington Police Chief Paul) Doucette said.

Hayes also faced an embezzlement charge in 2007, but was referred to the court diversion program.

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  • Newbie

    That whole department is a mess. The town has threatened to shut them down and combine Bennington Rural with Bennington, and it’s pretty clear they should.

    I know some members of Bennington Rural who’ve told me one extended family pretty much runs the show, and has no fear of getting in any trouble.

    I did see one of their engines on the side of the road (about 30 miles from district) today I hope it was headed out of town for service because it’s not parade season, and I haven’t heard that the town approved a sale. Hope they aren’t funding another raffle with that!

  • Robert Kramer

    Probably needed a new flashlight.